No, the President didn’t submit the following quote, but he did say it last week at a poetry event he and Michelle held at the White House.
“Everybody experiences it differently. There are no rules for what makes a great poem. Understanding it isn’t just about metaphor or meter. Instead, a great poem is one that resonates with us, that challenges us and that teaches us something about ourselves and the world that we live in. As Rita Dove says, ‘If [poetry] doesn’t affect you on some level that cannot be explained in words, then the poem hasn’t done its job.’ ”
Read more about the White House event where Michelle hosted a workshop for young poets, taught by former U.S. Poet Laureates Rita Dove and Billy Collins, and Obama’s inaugural poet Elizabeth Anderson , at the Huffington Post. You’ll also find a link there to a few poems Obama had published as a college student. Cool.
And send me your favorite. . . pass it on.
Santa Clara County Poet Laureate